Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Ghantoot and UAE Polo Teams to Play at the Silver Cup Final 2019


(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photos: Dmytro Trasevych | More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)


The anticipation builds as the season approaches the Silver Cup Final 2019. The semifinals on the 05th of February saw two exciting matches at the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.

The afternoon opened with a game between Ghantoot Polo and Desert Palm Polo teams which took off with a quick lead for Ghantoot and ended the first chukker with 6 goals to 1.  The team maintained its significant lead against Desert Palm through to half time at a 6 goal advantage. Efforts by the Castagnola brothers brought the scores in for Desert Palm, however, the excellent delivery of goals from Juan Gris Zavaleta kept Ghantoot ahead and bagged the win at 15 goals to 9.

Match Progression:

Ghantoot – 6 - 1 | 7 - 3 | 10 - 4 | 11 - 7 | 15 - 9
Top Scorer: Juan Gris Zavaleta, 9 goals

An exciting game ensued with a face-off between two strong contenders of the Silver Cup – Habtoor Polo and UAE Polo. Both teams demonstrated a strong play and edged each other to a tie at 3 – 3 by the end of the second chukker. Tomas Panelo broke the tie from UAE Polo by the third chukker. The team kept the momentum and brought in 4 more goals by the fifth chukker both from Panelo and Alejandro Muzzio which closed the game with a score of 9 to 4 in favour of the UAE Polo team.

Match Progression:

UAE Polo -1 - 1 | 3 - 3 | 4 - 5 | 8 - 6 | 9 - 6
Top Scorer: Tomas Panelo, 6 goals

The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament will conclude on the 08th of February 2019. Mahra Polo and Zedan Polo teams will compete in the Hildon Cup Subsidiary Final at 13:30 and Ghantoot Polo will play against UAE Polo in the Silver Cup Final at 16:00.

About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 

 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in th UAE,
is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

 

Monday, 04 February 2019

Mahra and Zedan Polo Teams Will Compete at the Hildon Cup Final 2019

 
(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali | More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)
 
It was an action-packed Monday as the Subsidiary semifinals saw four teams compete at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club. Abu Dhabi Polo played against Mahra Polo and Zedan Polo against Dubai Wolves
 
The first game between Abu Dhabi and Mahra Polo teams started as close one and proceeded at a 3 goal advantage for Mahra all the way to half with goals delivered equally by Diogo Gallego and Pelayo Berazadi. The goals scored by the Abu Dhabi Polo team during the last two chukkers of the game were not enough to close in on the other team and resulted to a final score of 11.5 – 8 in favour of Mahra.
 
Match Progression:
Mahra Polo team – 2.5 - 3 | 6.5 - 3 | 8.5 - 5 | 10.5-6 | 11.5 - 8
Top Scorer: Pelayo Berazadi, 7 goals
 
The second match progressed in a one-sided affair as Zedan Polo competed against Dubai Wolves. By the third chukker, Zedan had taken a significant lead at 6 goals to 1 with Dubai Wolves missing a few chances to score. At the fifth chukker, Dubai Wolves’ Marcos “Cacu’ Araya had scored 3 goals for the team but wasn’t enough to gain an advantage to which the last chukker ended at 9 goals for Zedan and with 6 for Dubai Wolves.
 
Match Progression:
Zedan Polo team – 1 - 1 | 3 - 1 | 6 - 1 | 9 - 2 | 9 – 6
Top Scorer: Martin Gandara, 4 goals
 
The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament will continue with the Semi-Finals on 05th of February 2019, Tuesday with Desert Palm vs. Ghantoot Polo team at 14:00 and Habtoor Polo against UAE Polo at 16:00 in Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
* Hildon Cup Final 2019 is the Subsidiary Final for the Silver Cup 2019

About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in
theUAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.
 

Friday, 01 February 2019

UAE Polo Team Makes it to the Semifinals of the Silver Cup 2019

 

(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Dmytro Tarasevych | More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)

It was another Friday of excellent of polo at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club with games between four teams - Ghantoot Polo against UAE and Abu Dhabi Polo played against Dubai Wolves.
 
Ghantoot played fast and secured a 2-goal advantage at the end of the first chukker, having 4 goals to 2 with Juan Gris Zavaleta scoring 3 goals for the team. Ghantoot kept their advantage until the end of the second chukker. The UAE Polo team was able to take the lead by the third chukker with the goals delivered by Alejandro Muzzio and Tomas Panelo. The last two chukkers saw the teams neck and neck with goals flying in succession. The end of the fourth chukker saw UAE Polo team with a 1-goal lead from the team’s patron – Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The match concluded with a score of at 10 – 9 in favour of UAE Polo team.
 
Match Progression:
UAE Polo - 2-4 | 3-5 | 6-5 | 7-8 | 10-9
Top Scorer: Juan Gris Zavaleta, 5 goals
 
Dubai Wolves saw themselves up against another strong contender of the Silver Cup 2019. The Abu Dhabi Polo took the lead from the young team all the way up to half time. The Dubai Wolves kicked it up with a series of goals during the last two chukkers from Manuel Crespo and the team’s patron, Habtoor Al Habtoor. However, the lead created by Abu Dhabi polo team at the onset of the match was enough to place the game on their favour in the end with 13 goals to 8.
 
Match Progression:
Abu Dhabi Polo - 4-0 | 7-1 | 11-2 | 13-4 | 13-8
 
The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament will continue with the Subsidiary Semi Finals on 04th of February 2019, Monday Abu Dhabi Polo vs. Mahra Polo team at 14:00 and Zedan Polo against Dubai Wolves 16:00 at 16:00 in Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.
 

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Successful Day for Zedan and Desert Palm Polo Teams on the Fifth Day of the Silver Cup 2019

 
(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali More Silver Cup Photos)
 
Both Zedan Polo and Desert Palm Polo teams had a successful day as they won against Mahra and Habtoor Polo teams respectively.
 
Zedan got off to a flying start with 4 goals in the first chukka from Raul “Lala” Laplacette and they kept the momentum up to half time where they went into the break at 7- 2. Laplacette with 6 goals to his name in the first half and Diogo Gallego and Pelayo Berazadi having one each for Mahra Polo team. The second half of the match saw Zedan stretch their advantage to 9-4 with goals from Laborde and Martin “Gato” Gandara. The 2 goals from Tariq Al Habtoor and Pelayo weren’t enough to get Mahra back into the game in this one-sided situation.
 
Match Progression:
Zedan - 4-0 | 6-1 | 7-2 | 9-2 | 9-4
 

The second match did not disappoint with a flurry of goals at the start of the game. Facundo Sola scored 4 goals and Hugo Lewis had 1 sending Habtoor Polo team into an early lead – 5 goals to 2. It wasn’t until the 3rd chukker when there were more goals from Desert Palm which came from Camillo “Jeta” Castagnola who scored 4 goals before the half time buzzer and ending the third chukker at 6 - 5. The tournaments leading goal scorer added 3 more in the second half and Desert Palm took the win at 10 goals to 7. Their results see both teams into the semis next week.

Match Progression:
Desert Palm - 1-3 | 2-5 | 5-6 | 7-6 | 10-7
 
The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament will continue on 01st February 2019, Friday with Desert Ghantoot Polo team playing against UAE Polo team at 14:00 and Abu Dhabi Polo team against Dubai Wolves team at 16:00 in Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis)
 
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.
 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Ghantoot Polo and UAE Polo Teams Qualify for the Semifinals of the Silver Cup 2019


(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Khalil Ali | More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)
 
01/29/2019, DUBAI, UAE - The Silver Cup 2019 continues on its fourth day saw Abu Dhabi Polo play against Ghantoot Polo team in the first match and Dubai Wolves against UAE Polo in the second match.
 
Abu Dhabi started the game slowly with Ghantoot racing to an early lead with a fantastic solo performance from Martin Donovan assisted well all over the field by Cesar Crespo and Juan Gris Zavaleta. Abu Dhabi slowly clawed their way back into the game with some amazingly struck penalties by Alfredo Capella. Towards the end of the last chukker, Abu Dhabi team got within 1 goal of Ghantoot and Capella had a chance to tie it up before narrowly putting the ball wide. Ghantoot raced to the other end and hit the post with a frantic final minute as they held on to win and booked their place in the semi-finals.
 
Match Progression:
Ghantoot: 2-1 | 5-2 | 7-4  |9 - 8 | 11-10
 
The second match had Dubai Wolves up for a tough game against one of the strongest teams to play this season - UAE Polo team. The first chukka confirmed this as UAE raced to a 4-0 lead with quick goals from Tomas Panelo and Alejandro Muzzio. The first goal of the game for Dubai Wolves eventually came off the stick of Marcos “Cacu” Araya despite an attempt to stop it from Muzzio. Goals from Panelo and Matias Benoit along with top scoring delivered by Muzzio extended the lead to 10 - 2. A flurry of late goals from Cacu and Manuel Crespo left finished the game with 11 goals to 5 in favor of UAE Polo team. The UAE Polo team will play Ghantoot in their final game with both teams through to the semifinals.
 
Match Progression:
UAE: 4-0 | 6-0 | 8-1 | 10 - 3 | 11 - 5
 
The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament will continue on 31st January 2019, Monday with Desert Palm Polo playing against Habtoor Polo at 14:00 and Mahra Polo against Zedan Polo at 16:00 in Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports, is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

 
 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Another Win for Desert Palm and Habtoor Polo Teams at the Silver Cup 2019


(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: George Arbid | More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)

Both Desert Palm and Habtoor Polo teams remain unbeaten as they battled it out on the fields of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club against Zedan and Mahra Polo teams respectively.
 
In the first match, Camillo “Jeta
” Castagnola took the first 2 goals for Desert Palm Polo team, and the team stayed with a 3-goal lead until the third chukker. The team ended the match with a win against Zedan with 9 goals to 4.  
 
 
Match Progression:
Desert Palm Polo Team: 2-0 | 4-1 | 4-1 | 6-2| 9-4
Top Scorer: Camillo “Jeta” Castagnola, 8 goals
 
The second match saw a strong 
defense demonstrated by both teams. Habtoor Polo took the lead against Mahra with Facundo “Facu” Sola scoring the first goal by the second chukker. Halfway through the match, Hugo Lewis scored a goal with a pass from Tommy Beresford whilst Mahra team drove home 2 goals from Pelayo Berazadi and a last-second goal from Tariq Al Habtoor. Habtoor kept the lead in the last two chukkers and finally closed the game at 7 goals to 5.  
 
Match Progression: 
Habtoor Polo Team: 0‐0 | 2-0 | 5-2 | 6-3 | 7-5
Top Scorer: Camillo Facundo “Facu” Sola, 6 goals
 
The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament and the opening trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series will continue on 29th January 2019, Tuesday with Abu Dhabi Polo vs. Ghantoot Polo at 11:00 AM in Ghantoot Polo and Racing Club and UAE Polo against Dubai Wolves in Field 1 of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club at 04:00 PM.
 
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the
UAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine 
sports, is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

 
 

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Ghantoot Polo and UAE Polo Teams taking the Win on the Second Day of the Silver Cup 2019

(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: Dmytro Tarasevych More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)
 
01/26/2019, DUBAI, UAE: It was a double action day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club, as four teams delivered two intense matches during the second day of the Silver Cup 2019.
 
The first game witnessed two teams start out strongly and ended in a tie on the first chukker with Habtoor Al Habtoor, patron of the Dubai Wolves getting the best of Ghantoot Polo team from the halfway line. Ghantoot Polo team broke the tie with a backhand shot from Juan Gris Zavaleta and the team gained and maintained a 3 goal advantage until the end of the fifth chukker closing the game at 8 goals to 5. Juan Gris Zavaleta was the top scorer with 6 goals from Ghantoot Polo team and Habtoor Al Habtoor with 2 goals for Dubai Wolves.
 
Match Progression:
Ghantoot Polo Team: 2-2 | 5-2 | 5-3 | 6-3 | 8-5
 
The highly anticipated second game saw a fast start as Abu Dhabi Polo team took the lead from UAE Polo with a 2-goal advantage until the end of the second chukker. UAE Polo team came back by closing in on its opponent with succeeding goals from Alejandro "Ace" Muzzio and by the fourth chukker the teams were tied at 5-5. Alfredo Cappella (Abu Dhabi Polo) and Ace traded blows throughout the final chukker. HH Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum scored a goal for the team by running it from the halfway line and settling the fifth chukker in another tie. With an extra chukker required, the golden goal was scored by Tomas Panelo bringing home the win for UAE Polo with 8 goals to 7. Top scorer from the UAE Polo team was Ace Muzzio and Alfredo Cappella from Abu Dhabi Polo team with 4 goals each.
 
Match Progression: 
UAE Polo Team: 1‐2 | 2-4 | 3-4 | 5-5 | 7-7 | 8-7
 
The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament and the opening trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series will continue on 28th January 2019, Monday with Desert Palm Polo playing against Zedan Polo and Mahra Polo against Habtoor Polo at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series 
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in theUAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine 
sports, is the home ground of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.
 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Triumph for the Habtoor Polo and Desert Palm Polo Teams at the Silver Cup 2019 Opening Day


(Sports Contributor: Rupert Lewis | Photo: George Arbid | More Silver Cup 2019 Photos)​

01/25/2019, DUBAI, UAE: The 2019 Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series kicks-off with the Silver Cup as Habtoor Polo and Desert Palm Polo teams won on the first day of the tournament held at the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.

The Silver Cup, an 18-goal handicap tournament, opened with a match between Zedan Polo and Habtoor Polo ending with a score of 11 goals to 7. The excitement continued as Desert Palm Polo played against Mahra Polo scoring 11 to 6 in favour of Desert Palm Polo team.

The first game began at full speed as Habtoor Polo scored 4 quick goals by end of the first chukker - equally delivered by Hugo Lewis and Facundo (Facu) Sola. The team's patron, Mohammed Al Habtoor, made a double tap goal bringing the crowd into a loud cheer. The match continued with Habtoor in the lead against Zedan closing the game at 11 - 7 in favour of Habtoor. Facu Sola was the top scorer from the winning team with 4 goals and Gato Gandara with 3 goals for Zedan Polo Team.  

Match Progression: 
Habtoor Polo: 4 – 1 | 6 – 1 | 8 – 1 | 10 ‐ 5 | 11 – 7

The second match started as a close one until the end of the second chukker with teams tied at 3 – 3. By the end of the third chukker, Camillo (
Jeta) Castagnola created a 4 goal advantage for Desert Palm Polo team. Mahra Polo team scored a few goals towards the end of the match, however, Rashid Albwardy, the team’s patron and Jeta served 3 consecutive goals taking the lead further and ultimately achieving victory with a final score of 11 goals to 6 in favour of Desert Palm Polo team.

Match Progression: 
Desert Palm Polo Team: 2 – 1 | 3 – 3 | 7 – 3 | 7 – 4 | 11 - 6 

Another double action day awaits the supporters of the Silver Cup on 26th January 2019, Saturday. Four teams will compete at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club - Dubai Wolves vs. Ghantoot Polo at 14:00 followed by a match between Abu Dhabi Polo vs. UAE Polo at 16:00.

About the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series
heldintheUAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup falls under the World Polo Tour (WPT) Challenge Cup Category awarding the winners of the Silver Cup with 50 points, the finalists with 25, semi-finalists with 10 and the rest of the players with 5 points; and Dubai Challenge Cup winners with 20 points. The Gold Cup is under the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points.
 
The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club  a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports, is the home ground of the  Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | info@dubaipologoldcup.com | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com  for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

 
 

Monday, 21 January 2019

Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series Announces the 2019 Silver Cup Tournament Fixture at a Live Draw


L-R: Tomas Panelo, UAE Polo | Santi Gomez, Abu Dhabi Polo | Martin Gandara, Zedan Polo | Bart Castagnola, Desert Palm Polo | Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group | H.E. Saeed Mohammed Hareb, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council | Marcos Araya, Dubai Wolves | Facundo Sola, Habtoor Polo | Jaime Huidobro, Mahra Polo | Juan Gris Zavaleta, Ghantoot Polo | Santiago Torreguitar,  Tournament Director, Emirates Polo Association


UAE Polo (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum) and
Ghantoot Polo (Patron: HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan) among the participating teams

01/21/2019, DUBAI, UAE: The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition celebrating its 10th year anniversary under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, launched its 2019 season on Monday, 21 January 2019 where the organizing committee conducted a live draw for the Silver Cup 2019 fixture at the Habtoor Ballroom, Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts.
 
Five tournaments fall under the umbrella of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series: the Silver Cup (18 goal handicap), which will run from 25 January to 8 February; the Polo Masters Cup (10 goal handicap) from 10 to 15 February; the Julius Baer Gold Cup (18 goal handicap) from 18 February to 8 March; the Dubai Challenge Cup (18 goal handicap) from 15 to 30 March; and the Dubai Cup (6-8 goal handicap) from 2 to 12 April 2019.
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series held in the UAE, is one of only five tournaments in the world played in the WPT Championship Cup category, on a par with world-class events held in Argentina, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. It was founded by its Chairman Mohammed Al Habtoor in 2009. It started with tournaments carrying a handicap of 10-12 goals and has grown to host teams playing in 18-goal handicap matches.
 
Mohammed Al Habtoor, Founder of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series and patron of Habtoor Polo team, said, “I am very excited about the lineup of players in this year’s Silver Cup. The eight participating teams will feature top-ranking World Polo Tour players, including Facundo Sola (ranked 12 in the world) and Alfredo Capella Barabucci (ranked 27 in the world), who are both 9-goal handicap players. Two 8-goal handicap players have also confirmed their participation; Alejandro Muzzio (ranked 28 in the world) and Juan Gris Zavaleta (ranked 24 in the world), and many others who have come directly from the Argentine Open.
 

“The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series has long-established the United Arab Emirates position in the international arena as a top destination of the sport of kings in the world.”

 
The final of the Silver Cup will take place on 8 February 2019 from 1pm at the grounds of the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club.
 
The eight participating teams of the Silver Cup 2019:
  1. Abu Dhabi Polo Team (Patron: Faris Al Yabhouni)
  2. Desert Palm Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Bawardi)
  3. Dubai Wolves (Patron: Habtoor Al Habtoor)
  4. Ghantoot Polo Team (Patron: HH Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan)
  5. Habtoor Polo Team (Patron: Mohammed Al Habtoor)
  6. Mahra Polo Team (Patron: Rashid Al Habtoor)
  7. UAE Polo Team (Patron: Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)
  8. Zedan Polo Team (Patron: Amr Zedan)
The Dubai Open is the premier regional polo competition of the year, attracting VIPs, society figures, and senior corporate executives from across the region. It has grown in tandem with the city of Dubai. Since 2012, it is the only tournament in the United Arab Emirates that is recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT).
 
Under the WPT Challenge Cup Category, the winners of the Silver Cup are awarded 50 points and 20 points within the Dubai Challenge Cup. The Gold Cup tournament is a part of the WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points – and allots 80 points to its winners. The Dubai Open is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA), with the tournaments being played under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.

ABOUT DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP SERIES
 
The Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series (Dubai Open) was founded in 2009 by Mohammed Al Habtoor, patron of the Habtoor Polo team. Each year the tournament reaches new heights. In 2012 the Gold Cup was recognized by the World Polo Tour (WPT), and in January 2014 the WPT committee credited The Gold Cup tournament as the highest competition in terms of points within the WPT Challenge Cup category, elevating it to 50 points for the winner. The year 2015 marked the first time ever that the WPT upgraded the Gold Cup Tournament from ‘Challenge Cup’ to the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners received 60 points. In 2017 the tournament was moved up to WPT Championship Cup – the highest competition in terms of points, awarding its winners with 80 points. The Silver Cup and the Dubai Challenge Cup are ranked under the WPT Challenge Cup Category – with winners receiving 50 and 20 points respectively.
 
The Dubai Gold Cup Series is proud to be the only Tournament Series with this exclusive accreditation in The GCC and MENA Region, ranking it among the best polo tournaments worldwide.
 
 
 

Friday, 09 March 2018

Bin Drai crowned winners of the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018



03/09/2018: DUBAI, UAE: Bin Drai won the Julius Baer Gold Cup 2018 after defeating Abu Dhabi in the final by 13 goals to 9 in a great day at the Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. A well deserved triumph for an organization that, after several attempts, finally achieves the most important trophy of the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Bin Drai proved that is the best team of the season after playing at a very high level today against Abu Dhabi.
 
After losing the final of the McLaren Cup against Zedan, team made up by patron Rashid Bin Drai, Andrés Laplacette, Matías Torres Zavaleta and Raúl Laplacette became stronger in the Gold Cup and achieved it´s reward by lifting the Julius Baer Gold Cup. Bin Drai was far superior to his rival and showed his intentions from the first minute. They knew they couldn´t waste another opportunity (after losing years ago a couple of finals) and played the best game of the season. Teamwork and concentration from the first minute till the very end were the keys of a deserved 13 goals to 9 victory.
 
Andrés Laplacette was named the Most Valuable Player of the final (MVP) and Cruzeiro (played by Raúl Laplacette in the 1st and 4th chukker) the Best Playing Pony (BPP). Cruzeiro was also the BPP of the McLaren Silver Cup 2018. Desert Palm achieved the Bentley Cup after defeating Habtoor Polo by 7 goals to 5 in the final.
 
Matches Progression:
 
Bin Drai: 2-1/ 5-3/ 9-3/ 12-4/ 13-9
Top Scorers of the match: Alfredo Capella (Abu Dhabi) 8 goals & Raúl Laplacette (Bin Drai) 7 goals.
 
Desert Palm: 2-2/ 3-2/ 5-4/ 7-5/ 7-5
Top Scorers of the match: Camilo Castagnola and Santiago Laborde (Desert Palm) 3 goals.
 
The Julius Baer Gold Cup (Dubai Open), an 18-goal handicap competition, is one of the only tournaments in the United Arab Emirates to be recognized and certified by the World Polo Tour (WPT) and ranked by the highly coveted ‘WPT Cup’, resulting in winners receiving 60 points for their victory. The tournament is played under the banner of the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) and under strict international supervision according to the HPA rules and provision of its umpires.
 
Participating teams include:
 
  • UAE Polo Team - Patron Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 
  • Habtoor Polo - Patron Mohammed Al Habtoor 
  • Wolves Polo Team - Patron Habtoor Al Habtoor
  • Mahra Polo - Patron Rashid Al Habtoor 
  • Bin Drai Polo Team - Patron Saeed Bin Drai 
  • Zedan Polo Team - Patron Amr Zedan 
  • Abu Dhabi Team - Patron Faris Al Yabhouni 
  • Desert Palm Team - Patron Tariq AlBawardy  
 
 

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